SAFETY REMINDER – If there is ice in
your area and you plan on heading out to ice fish, always check the ice before
going on it. Anglers are
encouraged to wear life jackets, carry ice awls and wear ice cleats. Fishing alone is discouraged. Learn more about ice safety and
Western Lycoming County
Beechwood Lake –
Fishing has been hit or miss for many anglers this season; however,
anglers who are willing to change locations are having luck.
catching stocked trout using green paste baits, wax worms and medium shiners on
tip-ups. The trout are hanging just
under the ice surface.
Beechwood Lake is a PFBC owned lake and has specific regulations for the
property. Make sure you review the
property regulations before venturing out to fish.
Hamilton Lake – Anglers are catching Bluegills and
Rock Bass near the water pump building. The
successful bait is waxworms on pink and white jig heads. The fish are being found 1-2 feet off of the
also catching stocked trout approximately 1-3 feet under the ice using waxworms
and small, gold spoons.
Pine Creek (Blackwell to Waterville) -
The new year rang in with cold temperatures making Pine Creek inaccessible
due to ice accumulation. With recent
rain events, warmer temperatures and snowmelt, Pine Creek’s water levels have
water levels busted out the ice and the stream is now accessible; however, if
you choose to fish Pine Creek make sure you keep an eye on the water levels.
staying on the banks to target trout. In
the Catch and Release Section, anglers are catching trout approximately 10 feet
off of the shore. Large streamer
patterns, crank baits, spinners and medium sized shiners fished on a minnow rig
are working best.
If you choose
to fish more areas of Pine Creek from a drift boat or raft make sure you and
your passengers are wearing your life vests.
Slate and Cedar Run – Due to early snowfall and snowmobile
traffic, access to both Slate and Cedar Run is challenging. Use caution if you venture up the icy roads.
are slightly above normal. Anglers are
catching trout in near structure (e.g. rocks, logs, banks). Nymphs are working best (e.g. midge larvae;
hares ear; blue wing olive nymphs; stone fly nymphs). Medium sized streamer patterns are also
weather over the last few days, anglers might see trout feeding on the
surface. If you are looking for dry fly
fishing in the winter, fish Slate and Cedar during the warmer parts of the
day. Small midge patterns might work
Fishing Creek – The water
is still low, clear and cold. Fishing is
slow, but dedicated anglers are catching a few willing trout. Nymphs (e.g. orange egg patterns; prince
#12-16; beadhead pheasant tail #12-18) and un-weighted, olive streamers (size
6-10) are working best.
Black Moshannon Lake – Ice
anglers are catching bass, Yellow Perch, Crappie and Bluegill. Fish near the weedy edges using jigs.
baited with shiners, and fished approximately 6 inches – 1 foot off are also
Foster Joseph Sayers Lake – Anglers are
ice fishing at the Hunter Run Cut area and the East/West Launch Coves. Anglers are catching Crappie, Yellow Perch
and Bluegills using jigs tipped with waxworms.
CHANGE – As of January 1, 2017 the regulations now allow anglers to harvest up
to 10 Crappie; however, no more than 5 Crappie may exceed 9 inches.
Recently, Shane Meyer (Port Matilda, PA), Quinn Williams (Port
Matilda, PA) and Logan Harpster (Petersburg, PA) went ice fishing with their
ice fishing mentor, Bill Savage. They
caught lots of Yellow Perch, Crappie and Bluegills that made for a delicious
dinner! Thank you for sharing your
story!! (photo by Bill Savage).
Spring Creek– Anglers are catching trout using nymphs (e.g. orange
egg patterns; sowbugs, scuds, green weenie).
Anglers are also catching trout using olive and/or black streamer
days, anglers are seeing trout rise to midges and scattered Bluewing Olive
are catching trout on lower Spring Creek using streamers (e.g. size 6-10; olive
or black colors), spinners, worms and waxworms.
The best time to be on the water is late morning or mid-afternoon.